Henty River

The Henty River is a perennial river in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. The river generally lies north of Queenstown and south of Zeehan.

Henty River, Tasmania
Location of the Henty River mouth in Tasmania
RegionWest Coast
Physical characteristics
SourceTyndall Range, West Coast Range
Source confluenceDobson Creek and Newton Creek
  locationbelow Mount Tyndall
  coordinates41°53′19″S 145°32′43″E
  elevation264 m (866 ft)
MouthSouthern Ocean
Henty Dunes
42°2′44″S 145°14′43″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length46 km (29 mi)
Basin features
  leftYolande River, Lost Creek (Tasmania), Tully River (Tasmania)
  rightEwart Creek, Malcom Creek, Bottle Creek, McCutcheons Creek, Badger River

Location and features

Formed by the confluence of the Dobson and Newton Creeks, the river rises below Lake Newton on the western slopes of the Tyndall Range, northwest of Mount Tyndall, part of the West Coast Range of Tasmania.

The river flows generally south by west and then west, joined by eight tributaries.

Bottle Creek
Lost Creek
Malcolm Creek
McCutcheom's Creek

The mouth emptying into the Southern Ocean at Henty Dunes.

The river descends 264 metres (866 ft) over its 46-kilometre (29 mi) course.[1]

In the area known as the Upper Henty at the river's headwaters is the Henty Gold Mine.[2][3] Its upper reaches were some of the last sites of dam making by the Hydro Tasmania in its long history of regulating flow of Tasmanian rivers.

The river catchment has two areas of high ground. One is known as the Professor Plateau, west of the Professor Range to the north of the river, and the other Misery Flat, which is high ground between the Tully River and Lost Creek.[4]

The river basin is adjacent to the West Coast Range and the Lake Margaret areas, argued as having up to four separate periods of glaciation.[5]

The river is crossed by bridges that carry the Zeehan-Strahan Road and the Zeehan Highway. A former bridge that carried the Strahan-Zeehan Railway, very close to the coast and Ocean Beach, has since been demolished.

Recreation uses

During October and November, the Henty River is a location for sea run trout.

Picnic spots are available beside the river at either the Strahan to Zeehan highway, or the Zeehan Highway.

See also


  1. "Map of Henty River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. Taylor, R. J.; others (July 1985). "Mammals of the upper Henty River region, Western Tasmania". Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. 119 (July 1985): 7–14. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  3. Taylor, R. J. (1986). Notes on the diet of the carnivorous mammals of the Upper Henty River Region, western Tasmania. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  4. Identified in Tasmap 1:100,000 series maps of the area - 1987 edition example published in Binks, C. J (1988), Pioneers of Tasmania's west coast, Blubber Head Press, ISBN 978-0-908528-16-5
  5. Augustinus, P. C.; Colhoun, E. A. (1995). Weathering and morphostratigraphic evidence for four glaciations in the Henty River Basin, western Tasmania. Retrieved 9 June 2012.

Further reading

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